East Metro
November 26

Ramsey County to stop using contractors to manage health care for inmates

New division, permanent staff will replace contractors managing health care at four detention facilities.
East Metro
November 26
Earl Lovelace got help from volunteer Ruth Bowyer as he picked out furniture and household items at Bridging’s warehouse in Roseville.

Furniture bank Bridging connects needy Minnesota families with furnishings

Twin Cities nonprofit Bridging seeks donations, volunteers as it expands into larger space.
East Metro
November 25

'Laser Week' light shows planned at St. Paul's Como Planetarium

St. Paul Public Schools is combining classic rock music and laser lights in a weeklong series of planetarium shows that will run Monday night through Saturday.
East Metro
November 25
Emergency personnel were on the scene last week at a corn bin, where a man became trapped.

Man who was trapped in corn bin and later died in NW. Wisconsin is identified

A man who died after becoming trapped in a grain bin in northwestern Wisconsin has been identified.
South Metro
November 24

Metro police blotter, Nov. 25

An overview of police activity.
Home & Garden
November 24
Matt Muenster (Of TV’s “Bath Crashers”) and his wife Katy Walthour recently restored a midcentury gem, a 1962 Ralph Rapson in University Grove.

DIY Network star renovates his midcentury 'time capsule' home in Falcon Heights

Matt Muenster of "Bath Crashers" tackles his own midcentury modern home in University Grove.
East Metro
November 23
Skiiers readied to hit the trails in Battle Creek Regional Park in 2008. Ramsey County is looking to move forward with a $4.5 million park expansion,

Ramsey County looks to augment ski season in St. Paul

Wish list includes snow-making machines for Battle Creek Regional Park to improve cross-country trails.
East Metro
November 21

Maplewood election tie broken by coin flip, heads to recount

City Council incumbent Marylee Abrams and challenger Nikki Villavicencio found themselves each with 5,755 votes.
East Metro
November 21
Keaton Larson

Man, 22, with knife fatally shot by Stillwater officer

Police say the man they encountered early Wednesday was suicidal.
East Metro
November 21
A method of transforming food shelves into more welcoming places with a wider variety of healthy food choices is continuing to expand across Minnesota

Food shelf overhaul project expands across Minnesota

Eight more sites have been selected to adopt the SuperShelf model.
East Metro
November 20
Pedestrians would be able to walk from Kellogg Boulevard over Shepard Road to the Mississippi River 80 feet below.

Ramsey County picks developer for skyscrapers along St. Paul's riverfront

The County Board has been trying to develop the empty site near Wabasha Bridge, the former site of West Publishing and the county jail, for years.
East Metro
November 20

Revamp of Wildwood Library in Mahtomedi will offer more space

A proposed design adds public meeting spaces and outdoor seating, fireplace.
East Metro
November 20
The Closs family home in Barron, Wis.

A month after Closs vanished, feeling in hometown 'very dark'

Town and family struggle while investigators keep hope alive: "The motive isn't there. The reason isn't there. I wish, wish, wish every night before I go to bed that we find a clue."
East Metro
November 19
A photo of a young John Kwiecien.

John Kwiecien, Scout leader who raised four Eagle Scouts, dies at 93

John Kwiecien courted Carol Watson from the middle of the Pacific Ocean during World War II by writing letters daily for more than a year,…
West Metro
November 17
Visitors explored the ice castle in Stillwater in 2017.

Popular ice castle is moving from Stillwater to Excelsior this winter

Obstacles in Stillwater force relocation of large, elaborate winter wonder.
South Metro
November 17

Metro area police blotter, Nov. 18

EDINA OCT. 20 Theft. A 60-year-old Minnetonka woman was arrested for stealing decorative pillows and a vase from HomeGoods, 7435 France Av. S. FRIDLEY…
East Metro
November 15
Olympic cross-country skier Jessie Diggins photographed at her home in Afton, Minn.

Driver charged in alleged 'road rage' incident with Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins

Olympic skier said Afton incident easily could have turned tragic.
East Metro
November 13
Alatus released this rendering of the Rice Creek Commons business area as it began to redevelop the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site in A

Ramsey County, Arden Hills at odds over ammo plant project

County negotiators called for a pause in hopes of returning to negotiations later.
East Metro
November 13
A White Bear Lake firefighter went into an icy lake and rescued a deer Sunday morning.

Doe rescued from icy lake by White Bear firefighter

Doe had nowhere to go until a firefighter went in the frigid waters and made the save.
East Metro
November 10
Guy Wicklander showed the indention in his skull from being bludgeoned with a wrench by an inmate in 1999.

Minnesota officers feel like 'outcasts' as prisoner attacks surge

Two deaths have put a spotlight on a dangerous job